School of Theology student Shannon New-Spangler was named the inaugural recipient of the Jeeninga Fellowship in Archaeology.
"I am pleased that Shannon New-Spangler is the 2008 recipient of the Jeeninga Fellowship," said David Sebastian, Dean of the School of Theology. "Shannon is an outstanding scholar and will make a positive contribution in biblical archaeology. We are grateful to the Jeeninga family for making such an experience possible."
New-Spangler plans to spend three weeks on an archaeological dig in Tel Dan, about twenty miles north of the Sea of Galilee on the Jordan River.
"I am terribly excited about this opportunity," New-Spangler said. "This is not something that I could have done with my own resources. This fellowship is an opportunity for me to further my education with hands on experience."
In addition to her time in Tel Dan, New-Spangler will spend about a week in Jerusalem, visiting holy sites such as the Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, the Wailing Wall, the temple mount, Mt. Zion and others. She also plans to travel to the Dead Sea, Jericho and other places in Israel.
David Neidert, Jeeninga Museum Director and Fellowship Committee member, said, "As a student deeply interested in biblical studies, we are excited that Shannon will spend several weeks in Israel learning the culture and studying archeology. It is our belief that Shannon has a bright future in teaching and sharing her expertise in biblical studies. We are pleased she will have this opportunity to grow through this Fellowship."
Students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity in the coming months to hear a report of her research and experiences.
The Fellowship was established by the late Dr. Gustav Jeeninga, founder and former director of the Bible Museum, for assisting students to study up to four weeks in the Mediterranean basin around archaeology or personalized research in periods from the Early Bronze Age to 1000 A.D.
The Selection Committee for the Fellowship consists of Dr. Blake Janutolo, Dean College of Science and Humanities; David Neidert, Jeeninga Museum Director; Dr. Alan Overstreet, Chair, Religious Studies Department; and Dr. Barry Ross, Professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology.
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